It’s a chance to push yourself … and pull yourself over mud hills, heavy logs or whale-shaped obstacles.
The inaugural Temecula Mud Run kicked off Saturday morning at Galway Downs, the 260-acre equestrian events center.
According to organizers, nearly 2,000 were set to participate in the costume-heavy 5K walk/run.
In addition to the 21 obstacles and numerous hurdles, the fundraising event featured wine tastings, vendors, food and live music.
Proceeds will benefit Jacob’s House and Police Activities League for a S.A.F.E. Valley.
Organizers said the inaugural mud run is a signature event for the two charities as well as being one more fun, healthy and fit event for Southwest Riverside residents.
“If you lived in Orange County or the San Diego area, there are running events and cycling events every single weekend. … For a big community like ours in Southwest Riverside, there’s still so many more fun fitness-type of activities that can be put on,” said co-organizer Steve Rawlings, who organized last year’s Murrieta Mud Run, returning this year on Sept. 8.
Rawlings said he and the event’s lead organizer, Murrieta councilman Alan Long, wanted to put on a unique community event that promotes health and fitness.
Long said Saturday’s course is geared toward beginner or intermediate mud runners, though participants could push themselves to make it more demanding.
Many of the event’s obstacles were already in place thanks to the event’s location at Galway Downs.
“We want to make this an annual event somewhere,” Long said. “Hopefully it’s here.”
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